Slide 17. The USPSTF Steps: Brief and Generic

Understanding the Methods Used by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in Developing Recommendations

Slide 17. The USPSTF Steps: Brief and Generic

The USPSTF Steps: Brief and Generic

  1. Determine and judge the magnitude of both benefits and harms: substantial, moderate, small, zero.
  2. Determine and judge the balance of benefits and harms (net benefit) (TF topic subgroup).
  3. Judge the certainty of net benefit: low, moderate, high (TF).
  4. Judge the magnitude of net benefit: substantial, moderate, small, zero/negative (TF)
  5. Assign a letter grade: A, B, C, D. I

Note: Judgment is required at all steps.

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Internet Citation: Slide 17. The USPSTF Steps: Brief and Generic: Understanding the Methods Used by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in Developing Recommendations. August 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/cpi/centers/ockt/kt/webinars/tfmethods/tfmethodsld17.html